Super Bowl Coaches - Mike Tomlin vs. Mike McCarthy
by Trevor Whenham - 2/1/2011
Everything about the Super Bowl is an intense competition between two sides that want a win more than anything else in the world. The coaches are integral to the success of their teams, so let’s take a look at how the two coaches match up in the Super Bowl this year:
Regular season coaching record
Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers: 43-21 (.671)
Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers: 48-32 (.600)
Tomlin: 5-1, Two AFC Championships, One Super Bowl
McCarthy: 4-2, One NFC Championship
Record against the spread
Tomlin: 37-32-1 ATS. That’s profitable, but by covering spreads just 53.6 percent of the time he hasn’t made anyone rich.
McCarthy: 51-32-3 ATS. McCarthy has covered spreads at a rate of 61.4 percent. He deserves a spot in the Gambling Hall of Fame for that feat.
Edge: The digits in both ages add up to 11, so it’s a push.
Tomlin: William & Mary of the FCS. Tomlin played tight end and wide receiver and set a school record with 20 TDs for his career. Darren Sharper was his teammate.
McCarthy: Tight end at Baker University of the NAIA.
First coaching job
Tomlin: At age 23 he was the wide receiver coach at Virginia Military Institute under current West Virginia coach Bill Stewart.
McCarthy: At age 24 he became a graduate assistant at Fort Hays State.
Tomlin: He has worked under Tony Dungy, Jon Gruden, and Brad Childress.
McCarthy: He has worked under Marty Schottenheimer, Ray Rhodes, Jim Haslett and Mike Nolan.
Record against opponent
Tomlin: 1-0. Pittsburgh beat Green Bay 37-36 on December 20, 2009 in Pittsburgh.
Highest personal award earned
Tomlin: 2008 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year
McCarthy: 2007 Motorola NFL Coach of the Year
Last assistant position held
Tomlin: Defensive coordinator for the Vikings. His unit was the best in the league against the run, and the worst against the pass. He was younger than two of his players.
McCarthy: Offensive coordinator for the 49ers. With rookie Alex Smith at the helm the unit was worst in the league for both points scored and yards gained.
Tomlin: Married college sweetheart, has two sons, one daughter.
McCarthy: Married in 2008. Has one daughter with current wife, and a daughter form a previous marriage.
Most impressive statistical trivia
Tomlin: He is the youngest coach ever to win a Super Bowl. If he wins this year he will also be the second youngest coach ever to win one.
McCarthy: His record of 16-9 in the first 25 games of his career as a head coach was the best among all active coaches over that stretch.
Interesting family trivia
Tomlin: His father Ed was drafted by the Baltimore Colts and played for the Montreal Alouettes in the CFL.
McCarthy: He grew up in Pittsburgh as a Steelers fan, and his only major college stop was at the University of Pittsburgh.
Edge: McCarthy (finally)
Celebrity they most closely resemble
Tomlin: Omar Epps, the bitter, jaded Dr. Foreman on “House”.
McCarthy: Kevin James, the world’s most annoying comedian and star of a terrible sitcom and countless lousy moves.
Tomlin: He had a run-in with ESPN reporter Bob Holtzman after Holtzman had reported on a trick play he had seen in practice and planned to use in a game later that day against the Ravens.
McCarthy: After Brett Favre unretired for the first time, McCarthy was responsible for telling him to take a hike because Aaron Rodgers was the man now.
Bottom line: That’s 16 different ways to compare the two coaches. Tomlin comes out on top in a runaway - 10-3-3. If any of this matters, then the Steelers certainly shouldn’t be underdogs because they have a huge edge here.
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